Waste collection essential during lockdown

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) has announced its support of the continuation of waste collection, processing and effective disposal during the impending lockdown period. As South Africans prepare to stay indoors for the next three weeks, waste generation at home is projected to increase. “Continuing public waste management is essential; waste…

Registration open for ‘De-Urbanized Epidemics’ redesign competition

London-based architecture firm De-Urban Design Studio has launched a new ideas competition called ‘De-Urbanized Epidemics: Re-Design of the Concept of Health in Relation to the Built Environment’. Image source: De-Urban Design Studio The brief: Urbanised humans are the most invasive species on Earth, consuming the majority of the planet’s resources. In an endless battle with…

Ramaphosa announces nationwide lockdown

South Africa will enter a nationwide lockdown for 21-days with effect from midnight on Thursday 26 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa said. President Cyril Ramaphosa The lockdown, announced in a televised address to the nation on Monday night, is part of efforts to curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the country. “This is…

AI could propel the construction industry forward

The construction industry faces a major productivity challenge because it lags behind other major sectors in adopting artificial intelligence (AI). Professor Alfred Ngowi, deputy vice-chancellor: research innovation and engagement, Professor Fidelis Emuze, built environment and Professor Nomvula Rakolote, CEO: Association of Construction Project Managers. “AI can also help the industry overcome its major challenges which…

Massive African infrastructure projects often hurt, rather than help, local people

Big infrastructure projects are always controversial. Yet in parts of the world associated with severely deficient infrastructure, the positive value of major infrastructure investments is often taken as a given. The Kampala-Entebbe expressway.Andi111/Shutterstock.com This assumption needs to be subjected to much greater scrutiny, as I argue in new research that explores the narrative of Africa’s…

New facility for Aramex

Atterbury has been awarded the contract to develop a new distribution facility for Aramex South Africa in Richmond Park, Milnerton, Cape Town. The new facility will consolidate the company’s two existing Cape Town operations into one fit-for-purpose 9,240m2 facility. Earthworks will begin in June this year and the building will be completed in February 2021.…